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Sensitive Skin

Excluding common allergens can soothe your pet’s skin

Dogs with itchy skin are often soothed by natural food free from common allergens.

Fur-ever itching? Itchy, sensitive skin is very common in dogs and can be caused by many things. Symptoms include scratching, licking, chewing and biting, the ears, paws and back end are most commonly affected. The best approach to maintaining good skin health is to choose the right food so your pooch can ditch the itch.

Keep things simple. Find a natural, wholesome food diet, high in complex carbohydrates especially wholegrains like brown rice, low in protein and fat and free from additives.


It is advisable you:

  • do an elimination diet – stick to a straightforward diet you can monitor
  • avoid beef, wheat and dairy – 70+% of food intolerance in dogs
  • look for novel ingredients- ones your dog hasn’t eaten before
  • avoid treats, dental chews and table scraps – vegetables are OK
  • know every dog is different – e.g. one may not suit chicken but do well on duck
  • have a check up at the vet to rule out other possible causes

The beauty of this approach is it will help soothe itchy skin – promoting all-round holistic health. In fact John Burns has written a blog on itchy skin.

Recipes for Sensitive Skin

Burns Sensitive Pork and Potato is a very popular choice for dogs with sensitive skin.

Sensitive Pork and Potato
Sensitive Pork and Potato Sensitive Pork and Potato

Other recipes for sensitive skin:

Speak to a nutritionist

You can get in touch with the Burns Health and Nutrition Team on our helpline page for individually tailored advice on the right food type and amounts for your dog. At Burns we work to address pet health conditions brought about by unhealthy lifestyle and especially diet. Drawing on the link between health and nutrition, we developed dry pet food that offers the same benefits for your favourite furry friend as simple home-cooked food.

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